Welcome to the 9th edition of the époque press é-zine on the theme Germination. As a writer, being a guest editor ‘on the other side’ of the submission process has been a great learning experience. The submissions received have been varied, impressive and it has been an extremely difficult process to select the pieces we have included here. In this edition we feature a truly international palette, with work from Japan, the US, Ireland, Australia, the UK and Europe.
But now, an anecdote that will make reading this editorial worthwhile. I once heard (I don’t know if this is true), that when Europeans invaded those parts of the planet at the equator, they would frequently go mad. This was not, so my story goes, because of contact with new diseases or because they missed the WAGs at home. It was due to lack of perceivable change in the seasons. This condition, which I’m going to call ‘equatorial fever’ was no kind of biological infection, but was a disease of expectation: the idea that, at least to Europeans, one day would be much like another. The past and the present undifferentiated, flat, no better and no worse than the day just passed, the day yet to come.
Like I say, I don’t know if the story is true or if it is just something I made up when coming out of a nap one afternoon in 1998. And whatever the internet may deny or confirm regarding the matter, this factually true or false story reflects for me something more important: the idea that we need a sense of the future, the anticipation of new things germinating, and without one, the present is a kind of cage.
I want to thank my brilliant sub-editors, Sadhbh Moriarty, Kevin Kissane and Ellora Sutton, whose varied expertise and ideas have helped to shape this edition. We feature a panoply of voices, with poetry from Cherry Smyth, Jack Cooper, Audrey Gidman, Hazel Rogers, James Penha, Muireann Seoighe Ní hEachthighearn, Amanda Goode, Millie Rose Holgate, Deanna Baringer, Nadia Lines and Rosanna Hildyard. There’s photography and artwork from Hiromi Suzuki, Kip Harris and Jonny Voss as well as some select and delectable short stories from Ian C Smith, Christopher Boon, Sophie Furlong Tighe and Alan McCormack. As is usual, we feed the eye and the the ear and in this edition we also have music from Woven Kin (a duo composed of multi-instrumentalists Aisling Urwin and Siobhán Moore) and Rob Holt.
To hear me and the team talk more about these submissions, take a look at our editorial video above. Please do spread the word to help get the work of all the contributors to the audience they deserve and most of all, enjoy!
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